Trump's Lawyers Mocked for Misspelling 'United States' in Impeachment Trial Filing

Lawyers representing Donald Trump are facing fierce ridicule over a slew of mistakes made in their initial filings in defense of the former president for his upcoming impeachment trial.

On Tuesday, attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor responded to the House's filing that Trump incited the January 6 Capitol insurrection and argued he shouldn't face impeachment now that he is out of office.

However, it was a raft of typos that became a major talking point after astute readers were quick to notice an error in the first few lines of the documents' address to the U.S. Senate.

The filing, which intends to address members of the United States Senate, instead misspells the recipients as members of the "Unites States."

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Lawyers representing Trump made their initial filings on Tuesday. The Office of Donald Trump

Trump's legal team also repeated his baseless claims that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him, asserting the former president continues to "express his belief that the election results were suspect."

"Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President's statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false," the defense document reads.

The lawyers further argue that the constitution "requires that a person actually hold office to be impeached" and that Trump was exercising his First Amendment right to question election results.

Further down in the filing, a second misspelling of the "United States" is made, prompting those on social media to mock the authors of the legal document.

"The 'Unites States Senate' - the world's greatest deliberative body," CNN anchor Jim Sciutto tweeted.

"Trump's lawyers misspell 'United States' right at the beginning and somehow it only gets worse and more amateurish from there," Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia added.

"Trump's formal answer to his impeachment starts off by misspelling 'United States.' It goes downhill from there," journalist and lawyer Judd Legum quipped.

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump also joined in on the roasting. "If you're curious about the actual substance of the document, it's of the same quality" Bump replied, linking to his analysis of Trump's defense.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the White House on October 2, 2019, in Washington, DC. Trump's lawyers have responded to the allegation that he incited the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Trump's formal answer to his impeachment starts off by misspelling "United States."

It goes downhill from there.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 2, 2021

The “Unites States Senate” - the world’s greatest deliberative body.

— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 2, 2021

Trump's lawyers misspell "United States" right at the beginning and somehow it only gets worse and more amateurish from there.

— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) February 2, 2021

Trump's legal defense comes in response to a filing made by House of Representatives lawmakers on Tuesday morning.

"In a grievous betrayal of his Oath of Office, President Trump incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol during the Joint Session, thus impeding Congress's confirmation of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the winner of the presidential election," the filing reads.

House lawmakers went on to assert that Trump's responsibility for the events of January 6 "is unmistakable."

"Surveying the tense crowd before him, President Trump whipped it into a frenzy, exhorting followers to 'fight like hell [or] you're not going to have a country anymore.' Then he aimed them straight at the Capitol, declaring: 'You'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.'"

The lawmakers wrote it is "impossible" to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump "creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc."

The trial brief quotes Representative Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference chair, who asserted Trump "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not."

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died during the January 6 attack, which unfolded shortly after Trump rallied an angry and jeering crowd.

Inside the Capitol, members of Congress were meeting with then-Vice President Mike Pence to certify the election results when the pro-Trump mob broke into the building, smashing windows, vandalizing property and forcing those inside to flee.

Days after the attack, Trump said his remarks were "totally appropriate" and denied any responsibility for the violence.

On January 11, the Democrat-led House of Representatives moved forward with impeaching Trump for a second time, formally charging him with inciting violence against the government by challenging the results of the election.

"[Trump] threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government," the article of impeachment reads. "He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

Senate leadership agreed to delay Trump's impeachment trial until the week of February 8, allowing President Joe Biden time to start his legislative agenda and legal teams space to prepare their arguments.

"The January 6th insurrection at the Capitol incited by Donald J. Trump was a day none of us will ever forget," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer during a floor speech. "We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation's history behind us. And healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, and that is what this trail will provide."

Newsweek has contacted attorneys for Donald Trump for comment.